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Aug 14, 2007 07:46 PM

Chinese food recommendations, (Metro) Orlando, FL

Please add your recommendations to this list.
BTW, I always try to order Pan fried noodles, salt and pepper squid and peking duck so I can compare similar dishes.

Rice and Co. (Kirkman Rd & Arnold Palmer Dr., Metro West, 407*293*7423)
Most authentic Hong Kong style pan fried noodles. They were crisp and crunchy. The signature Rice and Co. beef tender, while fusion (potatoes are not a staple of any Asian coutnry I know of) it's super tasty. Sashimi appetizer, large pieces and great flavor. Salt and pepper squid was salty and peppery. Crispy duck was crispy, but a little on the fatty side, didn't know duck could be so fatty. Dessert was SUPER!! The taro cake was as good as back home in NY's china town (think China town ice crea factory but in a cake). no peking duck.

Ming's Bistro (Woodward St, north west of Mills and W.Colonial) Real dim sum!! (Thanks for the tip Bob Mervine) The pan fried noodles were not the thin crispy Hong Kong style. The noodles were a little thiker. The salt and pepper squid is called seasoned squid, still great flavor. You walk in an it's like any chinese sit down old school restaurant you would find in NY, Philly or SF. I was too excited about dim sum to look for the peking duck.

Hong Kong Asian Cuisine (6618 Old Winter Garden Rd.) Authentic Pan Fried noodles. Salt and pepper squid was crunchy and a nice light batter. The peking duck is the best bang for the buck I've had. a half for $12 and a whole is $22. and it comes with scallions, hoisen sauce and 6 or 12 mandarin pancakes. I know it's missing cucumber slices.

Still have to try 4-6-9 (or is it 4-5-9?) and others that have been mentioned in previous posts. Made myself hungry, gotta go find something to eat, will continue this later....

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  1. Thanks for the info. We are always looking for authentic chinese food in Florida :) Let me know how 4-6-9's food taste.

    1. Also check out the dim sum at Chinatown Seafood, 1103 N. Mills. You might want to try Hong Kong Tong BBQ at 6227 International Dr. Surprisingly authentic menu--but the prices are too high for my tastes, particularly given that it's a hole in the wall place. I guess this reflects the International Drive rents.

      1. Not necessarily talking dim sum now, but authentic Chinese,. I like the following;

        Magic Wok, (6700 Conroy Windermere Road, Orlando, (407)522-8688). Very authentic, third generatio Chinese family owners, menu in Chinese. They get fresh shark fin, for instance, every other day, for the soup.

        Tasty Wok, 1246 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, (407) 896-8988) neighborhood joint, great crispy skin pork, duck, greens fried rice, etc. I get it to go, generally bad service for Caucasians but good food.

        I aso like Winnie's for a more uspscale, if less authentic meal.I can second the recc for China Markeplace. I like the salt and pepper shrimp and the fish with black bean sauce. It's mostly Cantonese food.


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        1. re: Bob Mervine

          If youre around I-drive try Ming Court. This place has a big open touristy type of feel. They have been around almost 20 years in an area where places close daily. It is very good. I like the walnut chicken and the mooshoo pork.

          1. re: mountdorahound

            Actually despite the International Drive location and touristy feel, Ming Court has very good authentic Chinese food. The downside is that maintaining the I-Drive location and touristy feel adds several dollars to the cost of each dish.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Interesting to see chowhounders feel this way about Mings Court. I had the Peking duck there and was not impressed. Now I'll have to go back and try the dim sum.

              1. re: NY P8ntball

                You're confusing two Ming's, which is understandable and unfortunate. Ming Court is awful. It's an overpriced tourist restaurant on International Drive. Ming's Bistro is a small neighborhood Hong Kong-style authentic Chinese restaurant serving mostly Chinese-Americans. It's one block north of 50 right off Mills.

                1. re: rudykins

                  I totally agree that Ming's COURT is not so great, see my review on Tripadvisor. Ming's Bistro on Woodard in Downtown Orlando is my chinese establishment of choice since I live by MCO, that's Orlando International Airport, so there is no confusion. :-)